In case you were ever interested in working in the conservation field in Hawaii, look no further than the sweet job board that Hawaii Conservation Alliance created! Check out the great potential opportunities at the following link,
Its like a high-five from nature
Three simple reminders of things that we can easily do to help out our mother earth! I know I am personally excited about the third installment with the holidays right around the corner!
After a long day of intertidal surveys in Kona, we took some time to sit in a meadow of pohuehue (beach morning glory), a Hawaiian coastal plant, and reflect on the day’s work.
Congratulations to one of our mentors here at TNC Hawai’i, Manuel Mejia, who will be giving a TED talk this Saturday at the TEDx Honolulu 2013 event! His theme is:
Revive and revitalize the tradition of caring for the land and sea, so that our communities, in turn, can thrive in a sustainable waY
Manuel Mejia is the Community-Based Marine Conservation Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. He specializes in community-based conservation efforts. He’s dedicated more than sixteen years in leading biodiversity conservation projects across the Asia-Pacific region. His focus is the human dimension of marine conservation and he believes that while the measures for success are ultimately biological, the only way to achieve them are through social, cultural, political and economic change—in other words, through and by people and communities. He recently launched a Marine Conservation Fellowship Program, which provides dedicated young conservationists with professional development and growth opportunities in Hawaii. Manuel is a graduate of McGill and Columbia University where he concentrated on the earth sciences and environmental policy for his BSc and MSc degrees. Mejia has two children (ages 9 and 11) and he dedicates his life’s work in conservation to them. He believes that through collective action and wise stewardship of our island’s natural resources, nature and our communities can be healthy again. ”Hawai`i is a wellspring of stories that depict how our collective actions as a community can both destroy and heal vital ecosystems.The challenges looming before Earth come from problems that are essentially man-made. Community action is critical to stemming the tide of environmental degradation.”
Please visit the TEDxHonolulu2013 website for more information on the event and the speakers. Congratulations again to Manuel! Mahalo nui for your deep dedication to empowering local communities to care for their ‘aina (land/sea resources) through capacity building, partnerships, and collaboration with others! You rock!
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller
This quote is a great source of motivation for our work as a TNC team in Kāne’ohe Bay! We spent the first half of the day getting trained by TNC Hawaii Program’s wonderful science advisor, Dwayne Minton, who showed us how to conduct coral surveys. These surveys are part of a larger effort to monitor the effects of the Super Sucker’s alien algae removal. The alien algae (Kappaphycus sp. and Eucheuma sp.) are wreaking environmental havoc in the bay, smothering areas along the shore and the patch reefs found throughout the bay. Learning these coral surveys will help us to understand the health of the corals on the areas where the alien algae is being removed. The data will help us to identify the ability of the corals to flourish again after the alien algae is no longer smothering them from the sun, space, and nutrients they require to live.
After yesterday, we now have a rising group of TNC employees who will now be able to assist with completing the coral surveys, which will help us to understand how to develop and implement strategic removal efforts.
*Speaking of a rising up! This is a call to action. If you are able, please consider donating to a TNC Hawai’i fundraising campaign to raise money for a new work boat for the Super Sucker project to help restore a healthy bay for all to use. Your gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar!
Click here to make your contribution to “Save our Kane’ohe Bay”.
Its not all fun and games out there conducting surveys in the oceans of Hawaii..well, its often fun…but there is always the lingering threat of unwanted visitors along ones transect! There is the occasional distinct, sinking, primal feeling of being watched, which often leads to the quick peek back-over-ones-shoulder maneuver. However, some fears are of the pint-sized variety, such as the threat posed by an adversary within our nearshore waters, as inconspicuous as it is pernicious! Say hello to the Portuguese man-of-war! Clear top, blue tentacles, near impossible to detect until its powerful sting has sunken in! I have been stung so many times I have lost count, stings ranging from accidental, to deserved (as in the case of the time I had a bucket full of man-of-wars which spilled all over my car..long story). Anyways, if you live in Hawaii long enough you will eventually run into one of these denizens of the surface waters, and for Kanoe yesterday, while conducting a series of benthic habitat quadrats, it was initiation to the Cnidaria stung club -Ily